Millers look to continue strong start, host Moore

Brayden Dutton fights with a pair of Santa Fe players for the ball during a recent game. (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

By Chuck Reherman
Sports Editor
Yukon has gotten off to the best start in recent years and the Millers will be looking to continue a win streak when the team returns to the court.
Yukon will host Moore on Tuesday in a Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference game in the YHS gym. Tip-off is set for 7:45 p.m.
The Millers will bring a 4-2 record into the game, including a four-game win streak against a team that has traditional given Yukon problems. Yukon snapped a five-game losing skid to Moore with a 77-59 victory last yesar in the first game back fro the holiday break. The Lions have again struggled the early part of the season and the the Millers will be looking to add to those struggles for the Lions.
YHS comes into contest following a 60-47 upset win over Edmond Santa Fe, snapping a losing skid to the Wolves. The Millers had won the Southern Classic the weekend before.
The Millers turn around two days after the game and will go hunting a second tournament title, playing in the Weatherford Eagle Classic.
The Millers, though, will be looking to get past Moore first and have their attention focused on the Lions.

Colby Baker chases down a loose ball with Edmond Santa Fe’s Colby Onyekuru during a recent game (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

“We have four games this first week back and that at times can be challenging for the players to keep their focus,” Miller head coach Kevin Ritter said. “We took a week off and came back Monday to work on some things and we will go scrimmage Weatherford to help us get back into the groove before we play Moore.
“We had a good win over Santa Fe, but we now have to focus on going forward,” he said. “We have some very tough games on our schedule coming up and playing four games the first week coming back after a break is always a challenge.”
The Millers did play one of their best games of the season in the win over Santa Fe. YHS hit 23 of 42 shots from the field, hitting 55 percent from the field. That came after the team had a cold shooting night but beat Mudlrow 47-44 in the finals of the Southern Classic.
“We are starting to shoot the ball better and it amazing when you knock down shots early how it makes the game easier,” Ritter said. “It is amazing how much confidence and defensive intensity when you put that lead on a team early and not have to battle back from behind.
“It’s a good feeling taking a 4-2 record into the break instead of being 1-4 or 1-5 like we were the last couple of years,” he said. “If we can build off this second semester we have a chance keep this going in the same direction with what we have coming up after the holiday break.”